What You Should Know Before Moving to Washington, D.C.

So you’re thinking about moving to Washington, D.C.? I lived there for 8 months in 2018 and it was some of the best times of my life! If you’re thinking about moving to Washington D.C., here are some things that I think you should know.

What part of the city do you want to live in?

Washington D.C. is pretty big, especially if you consider the suburbs of the area. You can live in downtown, Chinatown, south in Virginia or north in Maryland, and many other suburbs nearby. Each area has it’s own quirks and amenities. Regardless of where you live, everything is still relatively close to one another and the metro system is great. There is so much to do in DC, from the Smithsonian Museums to historical buildings to beautiful landscapes – I always had something fun to do on weekends.

DC is also central to many other states, as well. If you have a car, it’s super fun and easy to take day trips to neighboring states or even weekend trips to New York City or Niagara Falls.

Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

Where do you want to live?

One of the negatives of living in this area is that rent is pretty expensive. I’ve found that rent is a minimum of $800 for a studio and can be more than $2000 for a one bedroom. Keep this in mind when finding an apartment in DC!

Do you need transportation?

In Washington DC, I don’t necessarily believe that you need a car. The metro and bus system is pretty extensive throughout the region and is quite reliable (unlike the subway in NYC…). I used the metro almost every weekend, whenever I went into downtown or the neighboring suburbs. I never had any negative incidents and I don’t think that it’s too expensive. However, if you want to travel to other states, it would be helpful to have a car. There is a train system that you can take basically anywhere in the USA, which I used to go to NYC and loved.

Capital Building

Do you know where you’re going to work?

The job market in DC is quite extensive. Obviously, since it is the nation’s capital, the majority of the jobs are political, but there are other options as well. I think that it would be beneficial to have a job before you move there, but I don’t think that it would be challenging to find something to suit your needs.

Washington Memorial, Washington, D.C., USA

Are you prepared for the weather and climate of the region?

Washington DC has seasons. It’s hot and humid in the summer; cool and wet in the autumn; cold and dark in the winter; warm (and occasionally humid) in the spring. Make sure that you’re prepared for all sorts of weather if you move in DC.


What are the people like?

The people in Washington DC are… unique. They’re very bureaucratic and because of that, they can be either very blunt or not forthcoming (it’s either one or the other). It’s not a bad thing, but I lived in Texas before moving there and the people from both regions are complete opposites from one another. There’s also a lot of international people and tourists everywhere.

Library of Congress


I hope that this answers a few of your questions, if you’re thinking about moving to Arizona! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask a comment!


Thank you for reading! Are you thinking about moving to Washington DC? Have you ever visited? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!




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